Hikers: Carol and Nat (humans) | Elvis, Glory and Willow (dogs)

Start Time: 8:00 a.m. at the parking lot off of Kawana Terrace.

Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve is prominent county landmark that offers sweeping views of the Santa Rosa Plain, and its oak woodlands, meadows, wetlands and springs are home to diverse forms of wildlife. Still in its early stages of development, Taylor Mountain has 4 miles of dirt trails along two routes, with plans for eventual development of 17 miles of multi-use trails along with low-impact campsites, picnic sites, a visitor center and other recreational amenities.

Leash Laws: Because you will often find cattle grazing at Taylor Mountain, dogs must be on leash at all times. Cows are often with their young and they are not shy! Make sure your license is up to date and on your dog’s collar.

Trail Difficulty: This park is welcoming to most levels of hikers. The Eastern trail is the more difficult of the two routes, offering a steep ascent up the side of the mountain. The Western Route offers a challenging, but more gradual, uphill hike. Great views from either trail.

Other information: The park opens from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. There is a parking lot right next to the trail entrances, there is a $7.00 fee per vehicle for day use. We saw folks parking at the bottom of the hill, but I advise against this, since many get towed on a regular basis. You can park on the street, but you will have a long walk along a narrow road to the trails.

Hike Resources

Download Taylor Mountain Regional Park Map »
Read about this hike on our Field Notes »

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    1. Itzel Hannelore
      July 27, 2015

      Hi, I’m Hannelore, the art director of a mexican digital magazine about dogs called “Se Busca Perro Extraordinario” (Wanted: Extraordinary Dogs). Our magazine encourages affection and respect for dogs, providing our readers, both medical and cultural information.

      We came across your photographs and your web. We‘d love to feature your work on our next issue in a section called “Art and Culture”.
      The idea is to make you a little interview, to know how you mix your work with this amazing animals and what are your motivations for doing so.

      Would you be interested in having the interview, letting us publish some of your photographs and share your story with our audience?

      King regards

      Hannelore Ocampo

      • nat@photolabpets.com
        July 27, 2015

        Hola Hannelore,
        It would be an honor to be featured and interviewed, especially in my native tongue, Spanish! Please send me an email at nat@photolabpets.com and we can figure out the rest. Thanks!


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